Maritime Nut Growers Association

A society grows great when old men and women plant trees in whose shade they know they shall never sit in.

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Posted by Adrian Martynkiw on November 11, 2016 at 6:15 AM

Hi,


As you can see in my profile, I started a nut growing group at MCFT (maritime college of forest technology) in fredericton.  students have come together of the past two years now to collect, stratify and plant out seedlings and seeds into the college's woodlot.  This year we've planted out 29 seedlings of multiple varieties and planted out just under 400 seeds (red, white, bur oak and black walnuts).

We were able to get a donation from Arrow Construction for a roll of construction fencing that we are protecting our seedlings with.


Before the end of April we'd like to build a seed stratifying and seedling protection box.  Was thinking wire mesh on the top and bottom and wooden side.  That way we can stratify way more than what we can currently fit in the dendrology lab fridge crisper, and our seedlings will be a lot more hardened off to the weather rather than spending their days lounging around inside beside a window and then getting a bit shocked when placed outside.


Any suggestions about other people's experience with stratifying boxes or the like outside?


Also, we are always interested in either guest speakers or coming out to see demonstrations that could inspire us.  We have about a 3 hour radius away from Fredericton in which we can travel.


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Reply Friedel Kungl
1:16 PM on February 7, 2017 
Came across a strategy for stratification in the Grafters Handbook involving layering seeds in a clay or metal planter pot/bucket (with drainage) with sandy soil (some forest floor mulch may help too for inoculation of beneficial microbes), partially burying the pots, and covering them with a wire mesh. Seems simple, cheap and effective, haven't tried it yet though.